Top Sponsors:


ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC²T) is focused on delivering world-leading quantum research to develop full-scale quantum systems – encompassing ultra-fast quantum computation, secure quantum communication and distributed quantum information processing.

the University of Adelaide & The Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS)

Nano Vacuum Pty Ltd

Nano Vacuum has over 25 years’ experience within the nanofabrication industry, servicing customers through a network of global trusted manufacturers and suppliers.

Our aim is to provide the best service and advice to our Australian, New Zealand and global customer base, enabling you with the most cutting-edge nanofabrication tools available for tomorrow’s research. Our range of deposition, etching, plasma modification, clean/inert environments, packaging and lithography tools offer nanofabrication resources to ensure you stay at the forefront of the highly competitive research space. Our goal is to empower you with the best resources, application knowledge and tools to succeed, with a service and price point exceeding your expectations. We look forward to working with you on your next exciting project!

Defence Science and Technology Group

Defence is one of Australia’s largest government departments and a significant employer of STEM professionals. Its research arm, the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) employs approximately 2100 staff, predominantly scientists, engineers, IT specialists and technicians. DSTG brings together interdisciplinary expertise from across Australia and around the world to address defence and national security challenges. It works closely with the science, technology and innovation eco-system to deliver scientific advice and innovative technology solutions to enhance Australia’s Defence and national security capabilities.

Silver-Level Sponsors:


OzGrav's vision:

  • To pursue exceptional research and scientific discovery.

  • To provide world–class research training and leadership.

  • To inspire young people to take up careers in science and technology.

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein produced one of the greatest intellectual achievements in physics, the theory of general relativity. In general relativity, spacetime is dynamic. It can be warped into a black hole. Accelerating masses create ripples in spacetime known as gravitational waves (GWs) that carry energy away from the source. Recent advances in detector sensitivity led to the first direct detection of gravitational waves in 2015. This was a landmark achievement in human discovery and heralded the birth of the new field of gravitational wave astronomy. This was followed in 2017 by the first observations of the collision of two neutron-stars. The accompanying explosion was subsequently seen in follow-up observations by telescopes across the globe, and ushered in a new era of multi-messenger astronomy.

The mission of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) is to capitalise on the historic first detections of gravitational waves to understand the extreme physics of black holes and warped spacetime, and to inspire the next generation of Australian scientists and engineers through this new window on the Universe.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence funding scheme. OzGrav is a partnership between Swinburne University of Technology (host of OzGrav headquarters), the Australian National University, Monash University, University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne, and University of Western Australia, along with other collaborating organisations in Australia and overseas.

We have over 200 members across Australia, and we work with 1000 scientists around the world as part of the LVK collaboration. We are fortunate to work with the 2 LIGO interferometers in the USA, the Virgo detector in Italy, the KAGRA detector in Japan, and we look forward to a new detector being built in India.


Lastek is the leading distributor in Australia and New Zealand for many of the world's most advanced laser and photonics companies.

Our team, including 5 PhDs, are the most experienced in the industry. We support leading edge applications in diverse fields ranging from fundamental research in physics, chemistry, engineering and biology, to industrial applications of photonics technology, to advanced microscopy and imaging systems, and spectroscopy.

Additionally, with in-house expertise in areas such as software development, optical and opto-mechanical systems, electronics and fabrication, Lastek have the experience and capabilities to develop advanced optical products, from one-off prototyping to market release.

Coherent scientific

Coherent Scientific specialises in the supply of lasers, detectors, optical and atomic force microscopes, nanoinstruments and other optics related equipment for photonics and quantum applications in the physical sciences. We are the local distributor for highly reputable companies such as Andor, Bruker, Coherent Inc, Lake Shore, Single Quantum, TMC and many others.


At NewSpec we passionately believe that excellence deserves the best support. We deliver support by listening and building relationships with our customers and are genuinely interested in meeting our customers’ needs to help them achieve their goals. We supply advanced measurement and instrumentation technology to the scientific research, aerospace & defence, microelectronics, life science, industrial, government, manufacturing and private sectors throughout Australia and New Zealand.

QuantX Labs

QuantX Labs is the premier, sovereign provider of high precision timing and sensor products used in defence, space and critical infrastructure. Our specialised team have more than 70 years combined experience in the innovation and development of precision measurement devices.

QuantX Labs’ current focus is on three programs:

  • Precision clocks and oscillators - Our flagship product – Cryoclock - is the world’s most precise clock – and is being developed for deployment into the ADF’s JORN Defence Radar.

  • Precision magnetometers - These have been developed to sense extremely small changes in magnetic field due to ferrous material.

  • Optical Atomic Clocks – this ground-breaking development of a next generation space atomic clock based on optical technology.

These leading-edge technologies are just the beginning of the innovative solutions being designed for a range of sovereign and global applications including resilient position, navigation and timing services.

Our production and test facility, based in Adelaide, is providing a unique industrial capability to support Australian Defence and Space programs in radar, sensing, quantum technology and timing/positioning networks.

The University of Sydney,
Nano Institute

The University of Sydney Nano Institute (Sydney Nano) is one of the multi-disciplinary initiatives of the University of Sydney comprising of a network of over 400 academics on all levels from across all faculties. Sydney Nano’s purpose is to foster and enable multi-disciplinary research across all disciplines to produce transformative scientific outcomes in nanoscale science and technology that generate new knowledge and impact society and the economy with a focus on Sustainability, Smart Materials and Life Sciences.


Maptek has been at the forefront of innovative mining technology for 40 years, providing the global mining industry with innovative, high quality solutions for the business critical technical challenges that operations face every day. We are well-known for providing the best tools for a wide range of mining applications. Now we are combining the best of the best tools to help miners make better decisions through integrated decision-making support systems.

Our products span mining types and commodities, providing the link between the geological, spatial design, execution and measurement details of a mining operation and the business outcomes and profitability of our customers.

Maptek researches and employs new technologies across a global R&D effort to deliver innovative, technically robust solutions to meet customer needs. Incorporating machine learning and automation platforms is key to targeting the performance and quality gains that can still be made in mine planning and technical operations.

Maptek solutions are used at more than 2200 sites in over 95 countries, with solutions across the mining cycle from exploration to mine site rehabilitation. Our solutions are delivered via cloud-hosted licensing and computing frameworks that enable our customers to work efficiently from anywhere at any time.

Maptek recently reaffirmed our long-held purpose to put customer-driven solutions at the forefront of everything we do, to forever change the way mining is done. We will continue to be at the forefront of developing and delivering technical solutions to mines by understanding the needs of the industry and investing in the best people and partnerships to deliver our solutions.

ARC Centre of Excellence in
Exciton Science

At the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, we are excited about the possibilities of transforming light into energy and energy into light. We are a collaboration of academia and industry focused on innovative research to improve solar energy technology, lighting and security systems.

The Centre features some of the best researchers in Australia, based at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT University, UNSW Sydney and the University of Sydney.

We work with our Industry Partners - Reserve Bank of Australia, CSIRO & Department of Defence: Defence Science & Technology Group - to transform our research into practice.

Exciton Science is funded by the Australian Research Council.


elmTEK is an Australian Defence Science and Technology (S&T) business. Established in 2012, the business comprises a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, physicists, mathematicians and support staff. The company continues to grow rapidly with our people collectively aligned in our mission to solve mission-critical problems at pace to protect and advance our national defence capabilities.

We have a strong science and technology pedigree in platform survivability, Electro-Magnetic Spectrum (EMS) technologies, Countermeasure Development & Validation (CMD&V) and Electro-Optic (EO) systems, with capabilities established across air, land and maritime domains. Our core capabilities are in Modelling, Simulation and Analysis (MS&A), Measurement and Test Systems (M&TS) and Sensor and Integration Technologies (S&IT), underpinned by our program management and systems engineering disciplines.

Optofab Adelaide

Optofab is one of eight nationwide nodes that form the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), which provides researchers and industry with access to state-of-the-art fabrication facilities across Australia.

Optofab Adelaide, located at The University of Adelaide, offers specialist facilities and dedicated staff that are on hand to provide services and technical support to users in the areas of specialised glass and optical fibre manufacturing; advanced manufacturing including ultrasonic 5-axis CNC milling as well as 3D metal and polymer printing; and materials characterisation.

Australian and New Zealand Optical Society (ANZOS)

In 2023, The Australian and New Zealand Optical Society (ANZOS) will celebrate 40 years as the leading professional society for optical and photonic scientists and engineers in Australia. ANZOS is a non-profit society that seeks to advance the visibility and understanding of optics and photonics in our countries and region, support the careers and networking of academic and industry professionals in optics, and encourage linkages between the academic and industrial sectors.

ANZOS operates ANZCOP – the annual premier conference for optical science in Australia and New Zealand providing discounts and conference prizes for student participants. We also offer six annual prizes ranging from postgraduate research and communication prizes which target our student members, through postdoc and mid-career prizes, the John Love prize for translation of research into practical outcomes (which is also open to students as part of a team), up to the Beattie Steel Medal which is the most prestigious prize for optics in Australia and New Zealand.

For students, the first year of membership of ANZOS is free and then only $20 for subsequent years, or you can receive 4 years membership for $50. This provides discounts to ANZOS and some partner conferences, eligibility for the annual prizes, the society newsletter, and the opportunity to vote and/or stand for the governing Council of the society. Learn more and join at https://optics.org.au/join-us . Students are the future of our field and we would love to have you get involved.

ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS)

School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering -
The University of Adelaide

Bronze Sponsors:

Schäfter + Kirchhoff

Raymax Lasers

Australian Institute of Physics

American Elements, global manufacturer of high purity metals, substrates, laser crystals, advanced materials for semiconductors, optoelectronics, & LEDs

American Elements

Mirage photonics


Photon Factory

If your organisation is looking to support KOALA 2022, please contact us on opticastudentsadelaide@gmail.com